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GSM

Member Since 01 Mar 2012
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#211897 Mk 3 2012 Angel Eye Led Drl Fog Spot

Posted by GSM on 16 October 2012 - 05:07 PM

You have to remember that traffic officers don't tend to have an imagination.
They have their traffic regulations handbook and that is their bible.
They're not called snakes or black rats for nothing.
If I was to pull someone with what appeared to be fogs on I would obviously as a keen modder be able to make a reasonably informed decision, whereas the rats would see black and white- no grey area.


Well yeah ... but misinformed coppers are no reason to avoid making a modification. At the end of the day, if they wrongfully issue tickets or order for something to be removed, there is surely an appeals process that will fall down on the side of the person who has their facts and figures right, rather than the person with white hat?


#211856 Mk 3 2012 Angel Eye Led Drl Fog Spot

Posted by GSM on 16 October 2012 - 02:00 PM

Not always guaranteed that Wikipedia will be the gods honest truth but as I know this is accurate and as it's the only reference I can find to back up my statement concerning DRL legalities I'll post this info from their site-

From- http://en.wikipedia....me_running_lamp

European Union Directive 2008/89/EC requires all passenger cars and small delivery vans first type approved on or after 7 February 2011 in the EU to come equipped with daytime running lights.[12][13][14] The mandate will extend to trucks and buses in August 2012.[15] Functional piggybacking, such as operating the headlamps or front turn signals or fog lamps as DRLs, is not permitted;[16] the EU Directive requires functionally specific daytime running lamps compliant with ECE Regulation 87 and mounted to the vehicle in accord with ECE Regulation 48.[17] DRLs compliant with R87 emit white light of between 400 and 1200 candela.[18]


Yes, but the 2012 Ford Focus was EC approved before 7th February 2011 - that's why most new Foci don't have DRLs as standard - they don't need them because the car design was approved and launched before these laws came into force.

Even though OP's car was clearly constructed and registered after this law came into force, the original design pre-empts that directive. Which is why his car doesn't have DRLs in the first place.

So OP can really do what he likes with regards to DRLs as long as his new DRLs don't affect the operation of any legally required lamps - front fog lights aren't a legal requirement anyway, so he's good to go. Plus he's not even replacing the fog lights, just augmenting.